Well, not to rain on your parade, but as specialist in chronic pain I see a fair number of repairs that remain painful, and a fair number of supraspinatus injuries that do well with physiotherapy and pain-killers. Rehabilitation with good physiotherapy and good perioperative analgesia could easily be as important as your surgeon in preventing long-term and intractable shoulder pain.
I've noticed that there's a tendency to treat musculoskeletal pain with analgesics and injections on the East coast of the USA, with surgery in the Midwest, and with psychology and exercise in California!
Repeated surgery for pain in the same or related areas of the body rapidly becomes ineffective, as the functional disturbance contributes more to the continued pain than the anatomical damage.
Thanks for the response. I have been getting cook book advice from many professionals about my shoulder since I was 16 (original injury). on one has really evaluated me and treated me.
I'm not as concerned about pain as loss of function. Back in the day, I could do 100 pushups, Before my cervical fusion I could do 10, 1.5 yrs after the fusion, I can do one. Yup, messes with my head a bit. But I'm only 55, a mere baby and can no longer cast a fly rod. I can no longer ice climb and do mountaineering … So, my plan is to fix the shoulder and fish and climb some more .. or move to a spot where I can slip into the water and get some relief. No sense in being in AK year round if I'm hanging inside for 6 months a year.
Hence the query of finding a warm, inexpensive spot to recuperate and eventually hole up all winter ...